Aviana 23 months

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In just over a month Matt and I will be the parents of a 2 year old and a newborn! Life is bound to be craziness for awhile but I’m so excited and can’t wait for Baby L to arrive! Here is a little about our Aviana at 23 months.

Aviana: 23 months
Height: 34 inches
Weight: 28 pounds
#Teeth: All but her 2 year old molars!

Favorite Foods: all fruits (she could eat fruit all day!), honey (likes it on her yogurt), cereal, favorite veggie is carrots

Favorite Toys:
Playing with dolls is still her favorite thing to do. She LOVES babies, she’ll say “baby cry” and then pick up her baby and hug the doll or she will give the doll a bottle. She still loves to cover her babies with blankets and pat their backs while saying, “night night.” On Mondays and Wednesdays she is the first one to arrive at daycare so sometimes they will ask her if she wants to see the babies in the nursery. I guess this is where she picked up her ‘Mommy skills’. She gets very excited about all things baby related, I think she’ll be a wonderful big sister :)!

Favorite Books: The Elmo Seek and Find book. Aviana and Matt read this every night before bed. It amazes me how she can name everything in the book now and knows where all the objects are. This book has become bedtime routine followed by the farm animal book (one of those touch books) which she flips through and kisses each animal and says ‘night night’. I especially love when she says goodnight to the cow and the sheep. She says, night night moo, night night baaaa.

Speaking of nighttime routine, Matt has taken this over in the last month so that Aviana is used to him putting her to bed since very soon I will be busy nursing a newborn every two hours! They sing the same songs every night and it always has to be in the same order, old macdonald, twinkle twinkle little star, and baaa baaa black sheep. Sometimes I spy on them rocking and singing on the video monitor because it makes my heart happy!

New Vocab: Aviana can count to 3 and knows her colors! She says 2-3 word sentences and you can tell she understands almost everything anyone says to her.

That’s our 23 month old in a nutshell. Now to get back to her 2nd birthday party planning before she awakes from her nap!

Laura 🙂

Christy’s Z Sister Bachlorette Day and Laura’s Maternity Pictures

Our little family rose early Saturday morning and headed north to my parent’s house. Matt dropped me off at the spa for Christy’s Sister Spa Bachlorette party! Christy had her typical bachelorette party in NYC last weekend with but since I’m super pregnant (36 weeks!) and Bekah is under 21 we decided to have a separate more laid back Spa bachelorette party for her, Z sister style! So Saturday morning, my Mom, Christy, Kate, Bekah and I were pampered with massages and pedicures, followed by yummy lunch and some shopping. With the aches and pains that the last few weeks of pregnancy bring, I was very thankful for my prenatal massage. It was a wonderful girl’s day, Z sister bonding day, celebrating our Christy! That night the celebrations continued, with a delicious PB cake (I’ll have our baker Kate post the recipe!) to celebrate my Dad’s birthday (he requests PB chocolate cake every year!)

Sunday was picture day for our family! Did you all know that Bekah is an amazing photographer? She did Christy’s engagement pictures and I just loved them so we asked her to do my maternity pictures as well as some family shots. Here are just a few of my favorites!

Laura 🙂

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Showered With Love

My bridal shower on Saturday was a day of cupcakes, presents, games, laughter, and love. It had all the pieces of a wonderful memory! Held at a local restaurant, my girls created a creative and personalized space perfect for the occasion. My bridesmaid, Megan, made confetti and heart streamers from pages of my favorite novel, “The Great Gatsby.” My big sister and matron of honor, Laura, having organized the event, brought the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever eaten! There were amazing hors’ dourves and flavored water and lemonade. We all raved about the food for days!

My maid of honor, Kelly, had contacted Rick and had him write the story of how we met. Guests tried to fill in blanks, which resulted in some hilarious responses! The biggest uproar resulted from the line, “When in Baltimore, Christy first introduced me to______.” The correct answer is “sushi,” but my mother in law screamed out “Sex!” Horrified, and sitting next to my mother, my face turned scarlet red. My friend, Colleen, immediately defended my honor with, “Christy’s not that kind of girl!” Haha, thanks Colleen! Later, Rick and I laughed that our parents meeting is a bit like the movie “Meet the Fockers,” as their conservative and liberal lifestyles combine. In our opinion, it is the perfect balance!

The generosity bestowed on me that day from my family and friends was overwhelming. Rick and I are truly blessed to have such caring, sincere people in our lives. We stocked our kitchen with all kinds of new things, including a coffee maker, crock pot, kitchenaid and more. My best friends put thought into their gifts with framed art of where Rick and I are getting married connected to where we’re honeymooning. They had a bridal bath robe embroidered with my new name “Mrs. Dietz,” and supplied us with our first set of Christmas ornaments. Laura also personalized her gifts with a Dietz family doormat and my something blue, a handkerchief with our names and wedding date embroidered on it. All in all, I could not have asked for more! Enjoy the pictures taken from the well known photographer in the family, the youngest Z, my Bekah.

Love, Christy

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Swaddles, lullabies, and sleepless nights! Here we go again!

Aviana, excited to be a big sister!

Aviana, excited to be a big sister!

Baby Lehman #2 at 11 weeks

Baby Lehman #2 at 11 weeks

Swaddles, lullabies, and sleepless nights! Here we go again!

That’s right, Matt and I are expecting Baby #2 and we’re over the moon! Matt just about fell over when he opened the positive pregnancy test (I wrapped it up and gave to him as a present, in an eyeglass case, he thought he was getting new sunglasses,hehe). Baby #2 was a little less planned but we couldn’t be happier or more excited to make our family a family of four! Baby #2 is expected to join our family sometime around July 3rd, perhaps a little firecracker?!

Boy or girl?!?! How anyone waits until their baby’s birthday to find out is beyond me, we will find out on Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Laura

The Santa Express

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There are tons of fun family Christmas events and activities in our area.  Unfortunately though, most of them are not for one year olds.  I thought The Santa Express though would be perfect for Aviana, so I booked our family 3 tickets!   “She’d get to ride a ‘choo choo’, see Santa, sings songs, she’ll love it,”  I thought, well I was WRONG.  One of the many things I have learned in my 17 months of motherhood, you just can’t predict the actions of a child.  I should have known my dear curious child would not want to sit still on a train.  I should have known that it is torture for a 17 month old to sit when there is so much to explore!  My thoughts are that The Santa Express would probably be fun for older children, but by the end of it Matt and I were exhausted from trying to entertain our squimy little one!  Oh and also, Aviana is VERY afraid of Santa.  I could not even get her within a foot of him, looks like no Christmas pictures with Santa this year, sigh.  I love my husband, he calmly reminded me to not stress, to enjoy these moments, this is what memories are made of, not all memories are perfect.    How thankful I am for my little family, even the not so perfect memories,  but even so there will be no more Santa Express for me!!

xoxo,

Laura

P.S.  Above is the best picture I could get of her, she was moving so much!

Birthday Pumpkin Pickin’

The end of September means the official start of Autumn and Matt’s birthday!  My wonderful in-laws came down for the weekend to watch Aviana last night so we could go out to celebrate, baby free.  During the day saturday, before our big night out,  we decided to take our in-laws to our favorite little farm nearby for some fall fun!

Hope you all are enjoying your own, fall family fun 🙂

Sisters: Mirrors of Ourselves

We’re here, and this is the start of our mark on the world!   I don’t know if anyone will want to read what we have to say, but we’re gonna try.  Though, perhaps my sisters and I are doing this not as much for other people, as for ourselves.  My three sisters and I are spread apart over the span of 11 years, but if you met us or spent time with us, you would barely notice the age difference.  We are all grown now, and as we find ourselves in different stages of life, we hope that this blog will help in bringing us back together again and again.  We are continuously united by our understanding of and adoration for our parents, our mutual background, our similar world views and, most of all, our love for each other.

We are excited to be embarking on this journey together!  We have such a broad range of interests among the four of our dynamic personalities,and I am sure you will come to find that you connect with one if not all of us.  Thank you for sharing this journey with us; prepare to hear stories of house-hunting, wedding planning, college life, newborn and toddler craziness, the search to find one’s self, and the love between four girls who have spent their lives as free-thinking reflections of each other.

Thanks again; we hope you enjoy our blogs!